The Hawaii Immunization Coalition congratulates the Department of Health Immunization Branch for ensuring that Hawaii’s children are protected from vaccine preventable diseases through timely and appropriate vaccinations. The 2012 National Immunization Survey (NIS) ranks Hawaii as first in the nation for vaccination coverage of children.  Vaccination coverage varied by state ranging from 59.5% in Alaska to 80.2% in Hawaii; the national average is 68.4%. According to the NIS, approximately 80% of Hawaii’s children ages 19 to 35 months have received the recommended immunizations for their age group.

While Hawaii’s current immunization coverage is above average, there is still much to be done to maintain and improve our immunization rates. The Hawaii Immunization Coalition continues to collaborate with the Immunization Branch and local health care providers to ensure that our communities are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.  The Hawaii immunization Coalition is a non-profit organization consisting of health and business professionals, public and private organizations, and other local stakeholders dedicated to promoting effective strategies to ensure that Hawaii’s families are appropriately vaccinated.

On October 9, 2013 at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu, the Hawaii Immunization Coalition will be holding a workshop focusing on current immunization recommendations.  The speaker will be a nationally-known expert in the field of immunizations, William Atkinson, MD, MPH, a medical epidemiologist and former training team lead with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Currently, Dr. Atkinson is the Associate Director for Immunization Education with the Immunization Action Coalition and an independent consultant for Immunization Education and Training. Dr. Atkinson has made and continues to make tremendous impact in public health and on U.S. immunization programs.

For more information about future workshops or about joining the Hawaii Immunization Coalition’s efforts in promoting appropriate vaccinations for our children, families, and communities, please visit www.immunizehawaii.org or email at hicimmunizehawaii@gmail.com.

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